A medium-sized burrowing mammal. The Hebrew word (shaphan) translated “badger” in (Prov 30:26
) and “rock badger” in (Lev 11:5
) and (Deut 14:7
) more likely refers to the coney (Ps 104:18
) or hyrax (Procavia capensis), a hare-sized, rock-dwelling ungulate. The true badger (Meles meles) also lives in Palestine, but is rarely to be seen.
26the badgers are a people without power,
yet they make their homes in the rocks;
5The rock badger, for even though it chews the cud, it does not have divided hoofs; it is unclean for you.
7Yet of those that chew the cud or have the hoof cleft you shall not eat these: the camel, the hare, and the rock badger, because they chew the cud but do not d ... View more
18The high mountains are for the wild goats;
the rocks are a refuge for the coneys.